Ingrid Ricks Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story

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Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story

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WINNER: 2012 eFestival of Words Best of Independent Boomes k Awards (General Non-Fiction) What would you do if your stepfather pinned you down and tried to cast Satan out of you? For thirteen-year-old Ingrid, the answer is simple: RUN.
 
Ingrid Ricks grew up in a dysfunctional Mormon family with an absent, freewheeling dad and an intensely religious mother who was desperate to ensure her family's eternal salvation. For years she yearned to escape the suffocating religion and poverty at home by joining her dad on the road as tool-selling vagabond. When her parents divorce and her mother marries Earl--a cruel authoritarian who exploits his Church-ordained priesthood powers to oppress her family--she finally gets her wish. At age thirteen, Ingrid begins spending her summers hustling tools throughout the Midwest with her dad and his slimy, revolving sales crew. He becomes her lifeline and escape from Earl. But when her dad is arrested, she learns the lesson that will change her life: she can't look to others to save her; she has to save herself.

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While Hippie Boy delves into my experiences growing up in a devout, dysfunctional Mormon household, it is not my intent to speak for the religion as a whole. My story shines the spotlight on the abuse of power that can happen in any religion. But more than that, I view Hippie Boy as a story about a girl who finds her voice and discovers that she has the power to claim the life she wants for herself -- regardless of the hand she's been dealt. By sharing my story, I hope to connect with others who have felt powerless and help them realize that they have a voice and a right to be heard.

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Ingrid Ricks is a Seattle-based writer and speaker who focuses on overcoming adversity, embracing life and turning dreams into reality. She is currently partnering with a Seattle-area high school to help at-risk teens claim their power by finding their voice and writing their stories. She is also collaborating on the development of an ongoing writing/empowerment workshop that uses Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story as a writing guide to help at-risk teens tell their stories. Ingrid's stories have been published in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, The Seattle Times and a variety of other publications. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters and when not writing, she can be found at soccer games, ice hockey games, the beach, the local jazz club or Aster, her all-time favorite coffee shop. Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story is her first book. For more information, visit ingridricks.com.

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